New bridge finally opens

A LANDMARK bridge which was due to be unveiled more than five months ago is today finally open for use. The eye-catching structure, which spans across the River Orwell from West End Road to Ranelagh Road, was scheduled for completion in March.

A LANDMARK bridge which was due to be unveiled more than five months ago is today finally open for use.

The eye-catching structure, which spans across the River Orwell from West End Road to Ranelagh Road, was scheduled for completion in March.

However, a series of snags have delayed the opening of the foot and cycle bridge, which is named in honour of the late Sir Bobby Robson.

Earlier this week, council bosses estimated it would be another fortnight before the public were given the green light to cross.


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But the protective fencing at either end of the bridge - which had been partially removed by impatient residents - has now been taken down completely.

It appears a handful of minor corrections and an audit planned for next week have been completed early, finally allowing safety experts to give the go ahead for the bridge to open.

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Evening Star readers chose to name the bridge after Sir Bobby in recognition of his achievements in transforming the town's football club.

Developers, Fairview, who have paid for the structure, had originally hoped the former Blues boss would have officially unveiled the crossing.

It has been suggested that the bridge could be opened before the Blues' home game against Newcastle United on September 26.

The North Stand at Portman Road is likely to be renamed after Sir Bobby on the same day. His widow, Lady Elsie, is expected to attend the match to witness the honour.

A spokesman for Fairview confirmed the bridge had been opened and an official opening was due to take place in the near future.

What do you make of the saga? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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